New Extension Agent for Western District

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Clay County Extension Agent Andy Vangilder (left), welcomes Stewart Runsick.

Stewart Runsick can feel right at home after being appointed as a

Clay County Extension agent and headquartered in Corning. After all,

he is quite familiar with farming operations in this county, having

served with the Lawrence County Extension service for several years.

"Rice and soybeans are nothing new to me," Runsick states, "after

all, agriculture in Lawrence County is so similar to Clay County.

Also, there is livestock in Lawrence County and a lot along Crowley's

Ridge in Eastern Clay County."

While in the Walnut Ridge area, Runsick served as rice research

verification coordinator and rice agronomist for the Extension

service. He also worked for a private company, RiceTec for three

years before returning Extension service work.

A 1990 graduate of Highland High School, this Ash Flat native receive

a Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Education from Arkansas State

University in 1995 before earning a Master's degree in agronomy from

the University of Arkansas.

Runsick and his wife reside in Greene County and are parents of two

children, a son who is a senior at Paragould High School and very

active in the band and a daughter in the fifth grade at Oak Grove

Elementary School.

His hobbies include fishing, hunting and supporting and staying

active in his church's programs at First United Methodist Church in

Paragould.

"I look forward to working with farmers in Clay County as well as

presenting educational programs to children of the area," says

Runsick.

Future plans call for him to provide information on local farming

conditions for print in The Courier on a weekly basis.

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